A little personal testimony by way of introduction. Since I married Lauren almost 6 years ago (Proverbs 18:22), I’ve put on about 20 pounds...roughly 10 pounds during each of Lauren’s pregnancies. She gained a lot more than I did during those 9 month periods, but the difference was that she would lose the weight she had gained after the babies were born.
What has happened to me – and I know many can identify with this – is that there came a time after I got married when I stopped eating like a single Bible college student (out of necessity), and I started eating like a married man whose wife can cook (for pleasure and enjoyment).
Now, I realize (and am being kindly reminded by my wife) that I need to do something about my physical condition before it gets out of hand and becomes a lot harder to reverse, because being physically fat is – let’s say this nicely – really not desirable or beneficial in any way.
Spiritually speaking, though, it’s a different situation. None of us really want our bodies to be fat. But there are some Bible verses that indicate it’d actually be a good thing for our souls to be fat.
Psalm 92:13-14 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be FAT and flourishing;
Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made FAT: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made FAT.
Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made FAT.
So borrowing from personal experience, how can I be spiritually fat? I can stop eating out of necessity and start eating for pleasure and enjoyment (see Jeremiah 15:16).
And according to the above scriptures, how can I be spiritually fat? I can plant myself in the house of God (Psalm 92:13-14). I can give liberally (Proverbs 11:25; Acts 20:35). I can be diligent about my spiritual life (Proverbs 13:4; 2 Peter 1:5). And I can put my trust in the Lord (Proverbs 28:25).